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The Quiet Life

By Just Breathe
This season on The Quiet life we invite you to join Just Breathe Founder Michael James Wong as he speaks to inspiring people, the ones who are actively expanding conversations, challenging norms and narratives, leading the way towards real solutions, and showing us what it means to live mindfully in the world today.

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The Quiet Life Episode 34: The Importance of Bees with Dale Gibson
Michael talks to Dale Gibson, the founder of Bermondsey Street Bees - a sustainable beekeeping practice on the rooftops of London. In his own words he feels he has a duty to care for the bees, and believes their interest is of paramount concern, as the importance of bees goes far beyond the honey we enjoy. Bees form an essential part of our way of life, with 2 out of every 3 spoonfuls we eat a product of pollination. In this episode we learn about why bees continue to form such an important part of our ecosystem, and delve into the ways we can look to eat and live more mindfully. Founded in 2007, Bermondsey Street Bees is named as such because it's all about the bees - you might see honey in the name of other beekeeping operations but for Dale and his wife Sarah, honey is not where it stops. They work tirelessly to grow gardens to feed the many beehives in the area of London. Every garden or park they can get their hands on, they plant herbs and flowers to feed the many bees in the vicinity. You can download Sarah's guide to planting for honeybees here. Their mission is to promote the importance of bees in the world, and how they’re essential to the world's food production. They work alongside businesses, government and charities, and create best practice templates for keeping honey bees in cities without negatively impacting wild pollinators. Through their pioneering ‘Green Offset’ policy, they plant pollinator gardens in their own community and in collaboration with commercial entities. This is just one of many types of partnership that Bermondsey Street Bees has established to advance understanding of honeybees and the issues surrounding their survival. To find out more visit bermondseystreetbees.co.uk and you can follow them on Instagram @bstreetbees, and Twitter @bermondseybees. To purchase your own honey visit https://provenancehub.com/producer/bermondsey-street-bees. For more conversations like this, or to join our monthly Quiet Club where we discuss important issues and ways we can support in our communities visit justbreatheproject.com or follow us on Instagram @justbreathe. This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join The Tea Society, to start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is Apple Maple Muffin, which is available to buy online now and at all T2 stores.
1:03:07
October 18, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 33: Loving Humanity with Amy Peake
This week Michael talks to Amy Peake, Founder of Loving Humanity, a non-profit who provide the materials, tools, training and support to manufacture period pads and nappies in war zones, refugee camps and slums. All people who menstruate deserve safe sanitary products, and hygienic spaces in which to use them without shame or stigma, in this episode we delve into the inspiring work at Loving Humanity, as well as uncovering the power we all have to give back and play a positive role in our own communities. Amy Peake is the founder of Loving Humanity, a non-profit organization that is working to provide reusable nappies and pads to women and mothers in war zones, refugee camps and slums. Their ethos is shaped around education, empowerment and equality, and they’re doing some great work elevating vulnerable communities. The factories are staffed by refugee or vulnerable local women who, through their work, find or rediscover their self-worth. Amy’s journey to put a stop to period poverty in third world countries has been met with obstacle after obstacle but she has persevered and has achieved a great deal since she founded the business in 2014. To donate and find out more visit lovinghumanity.org.uk or follow on Instagram @loving_humanity.  For more conversations like this, or to join our monthly Quiet Club where we discuss important issues and ways we can support in our communities visit justbreatheproject.com or follow us on Instagram @justbreathe. This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join The Tea Society, to start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is Blueberry Crumble available online now and at all T2 stores. 
55:36
October 12, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 32: Stories Without Stereotypes with Tyson Joseph
On this episode we welcome Presenter, Writer and Director Tyson Joseph to tackle the subject of storytelling and stereotypes. Taking an important look at why stereotypes can be so damaging in society, and how the stories we share, as well as the ones we tell ourselves have the power to bring great change. Tyson is a passionate advocate for the power of hope, and a compelling speaker on all things relating to personal transformation. His insights and ideas have been developed through a challenging childhood, and a lifetime of study in New Thought Philosophy, meditation and mindfulness. His film I Am Not Your Villain for the UK charity Changing Faces resulted in the creation of a new policy by the BFI, stating they will no longer fund films in which the villains are portrayed as having facial disfigurements. His work also includes films for Goldie Hawn for Mind Up, Ruby Wax’s Frazzled Tour, The Oxford Mindfulness Institute, the NHS, Heads Together and the government-backed Mindfulness in Schools Project. To find out more about Tyson follow him on Instagram @iamtysonjoseph and visit his website storieslikeus.com. This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join The Tea Society, to start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is Singapore Breakfast available online now and at all T2 stores.
50:11
October 4, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 31: Why We Need Nature with Lucy Jones
On this episode Michael talks to to Lucy Jones, Author of Losing Eden, about how getting out in nature affects our mental health, and what happens when we lose our connection with the outdoors completely. This is a powerful episode reminding us why stepping away from our desks and connecting with the natural world does more than we realise, and a passionate message on how taking care of the planet we live is a priority that we simply cannot afford to ignore. Lucy Jones is a writer and journalist based in Hampshire, England. Her writing on culture, science and nature has been published in BBC Earth, BBC Wildlife, The Sunday Times, the Guardian and the New Statesman. Her book Losing Eden, is about the relationship between the natural world and the human psyche; a wide-ranging inquiry into the mechanism by which contact with ‘nature’ is therapeutic. It has been long-listed for the Wainwright Prize and received a Society of Authors’ award. Her book is available to buy now at all good book stores, to find out more about Lucy visit lucyfjones.com or follow her on Instagram at @lucyfjones.  This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join The Tea Society, to start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is Melbourne Breakfast available online now and at all T2 stores.
58:51
September 27, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 30: We're Better Together with The Happy Pear
On this episode Michael talks to Dave and Steve of The Happy Pear, about their connection as twins and how they can always rely on each other - no matter what they're going through. This episode takes a closer look at why companionship, friendship and community are so important for us as humans, and why working together can make us stronger than we know.  Dave and Steve Flynn started plant-based brand The Happy Pear in 2004 to inspire people to live a happier, healthier life, create more togetherness, and to show delicious ways to eat more veg. The Happy Pear has grown into one of Ireland's most renowned and loved brands, and today they're renowned plant-based chefs with 4 cafes, their own product range and online courses, they are award-winning and bestselling authors, YouTube hits and regular contributors on TV. Find out more about The Happy Pear at the happy pear.ie, find them on YouTube and follow them on Instagram @thehappypear.  This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join The Tea Society, to start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is English Breakfast available online now and at all T2 stores.
56:37
September 21, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 29: Awesome & Autistic with Siena Castellon
This week we welcome 17 year old Siena Castellon, an autistic neurodiversity advocate and anti-bullying activist to discuss her experiences growing up,  and the negative assumptions and ideas that surround autism. A moving conversation that may challenge everything you think you know about life on the spectrum, embracing and celebrating difference, and how we can all show up as kinder, more compassionate humans in our communities. Siena was diagnosed as autistic when she was twelve, her diagnosis came as a welcome relief after years of being rejected by her classmates for being odd, eccentric and weird and always feeling out of place, she felt she finally had an explanation. But, it was only when she started delving deeper into understanding what this really meant for her that she learned many girls continue to fly under the radar, as behaviours  can vary drastically and many textbooks only studied male behaviours. She discovered that there were very few books and resources aimed at autistic girls, and they didn’t address many of the issues she faced as a teen. So, she decided , to write her own book: The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic, which is now available at all good book stores. To find out more about Siena follow her on Instagram @qlmentoring or visit her website sienacastellon.com This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join the Tea Society, to start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is New York Breakfast, find out more about this tea here.
1:10:03
September 13, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 28: Intrinsic Motivation with Sharath Jeevan
On this weeks episode Michael talks to Sharath Jeevan, Founder of Intrinsic labs and a leading expert in intrinsic motivation. Listen in as they chat about finding our inner drive and building a life where we can feel fulfilled without the need for external gratification, a subject many of us struggle with, whether at work or at home. A gentle conversation about finding your way in life, and remembering the importance of finding moments of joy and happiness in each day. Sharath is one of the world’s leading experts on how to practically re-ignite the inner-drive, or intrinsic motivation in our lives. He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs, and his work has been featured in the likes of The New York Times, The Economist, CNN, National Public Radio and The Times of India. He gained first hand experience in the field through founding STiR Education in 2012. STiR represents the world’s largest initiative to improve intrinsic motivation - in this case in education. Through partnerships with governments and leading donors, it has grown from supporting 12 schools in 2012 to over 35,000 schools today, across India, Africa and South East Asia and has helped over 200,000 teachers and 6 million children. Connect with Sharath on LinkedIn or visit intrinsic-labs.com. This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join the Tea Society, to start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is Just Camomile, find out more about this tea here.
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September 7, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 27: Why We Eat with Anthony Warner
This week on the Quiet Life Michael talks to Anthony Warner, known as The Angry Chef - a food writer, chef and author of multiple books all of which explore and break down the ways in which we think about how and why we eat. This is a much needed conversation which tackles the problems, misleading information and guilt surrounding food within the wellness industry, and instead allow us to explore the positive experiences of food.  Anthony's writing explores food, obesity, sustainability and the many food fads that often consume us as we make our way through life in the hope of staying healthy. His book 'The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating' uncovers unscientific claims about the health benefits of diets, recipes and ingredients and, with the help of psychiatrists, behavioural economists, food scientists and dieticians explores why people are so easily taken in by the latest food fads. Anthony's books, 'The Angry Chef' and 'The Truth About Fat' are available at all good book stores, to find out more visit  angry-chef.com and follow him on Twitter @one_angry_chef. This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join the Tea Society, to start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is The Quiet Mind, find out more about this tea here.
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August 31, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 26: Hard Truths with Shaunagh Connaire
On this episode Michael talks to Emmy-nominated journalist and filmmaker Shaunagh Connaire about why journalism plays such a huge part in shaping the future. An eye-opening chat about the importance of connecting with the more difficult stories within humanity, and how in order to have impact we need to be able to empathise, and put ourselves in the shoes of the people at the receiving end of the news headlines we often feel so disconnected from. Shaunagh is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work has taken her to all corners of the world to highlight both the challenges and resiliency of humanity. Working for the BBC, Channel 4, CNBC and The Financial Times she has covered stories on Ebola in Sierra Leone, conversion therapy in Beijing and Iran, where she reported on the country’s first ever Islamic online dating institute. To find out more follow her on Instagram @shaunaghconnaire or visit her website shaunagh.com This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join the Tea Society, to start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is The Dreamer, find out more about this tea here.
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August 24, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 25: Raising Kind Kids with Uju Asika
This week Michael talks to multiple award-nominated blogger, screenwriter and author Uju Asika, expanding the conversation around racism, and tackling why raising kind kids is so important. A powerful conversation about living as a minority in the UK, with an open and honest look at the experiences of growing up in a culture ready to mark you as different and the changes we can make, not just as parents but as compassionate human beings.  On her popular blog Babes About Town, Uju she shares witty, informative and beautifully written stories about London, culture and family life.  A former journalist, she’s written for publications such as The Guardian and Time Out, and as a screenwriter and script editor, she’s worked on some of Africa’s hottest TV shows, including the award-winning series Tinsel. Born in Nigeria, Uju grew up in the UK and has worked in London, New York and Lagos. She now lives in North London with her husband and two football-mad boys. To find out more visit babesabouttown.com and follow Uju @babesabouttown. This season of the Quiet Life was made possible by our friends at T2. Receive 10% off your first order and heaps of benefits such as rewards, experiences and personalised offers when you join the Tea Society. To start brewing the benefits and redeem your offer visit T2tea.com. This weeks featured tea is Just Peppermint, find out more about this tea here
1:03:08
August 19, 2020
The Quiet Life Season 3 Trailer
This season on The Quiet life we invite you to join founder Michael James Wong as he speaks to inspiring people: the ones who are actively expanding conversations, challenging norms and narratives, leading the way towards real solutions, and showing us what it means to live mindfully in the world today.  Learn with us as we ask the questions many of us are thinking but don’t know who to ask, ultimately discovering where we can begin, or perhaps continue, to do our part to help change the world for the better. This is a podcast about elevating the value of our communities and the actions we take to lift them up.  Now is the time to lean in, listen, and act. Let’s do the work together, and truly be mindful in the real world.
01:58
August 14, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 24: Loneliness and Connection with Lisa Daron Grossman
In this episode Michael talks to Lisa Daron Grossman, Founder of The Connection Cure about loneliness, the power of community and understanding our human need for connection. A powerful and moving episode, delving deep into a feeling many of us have felt at some point in our lives.  Lisa has made it her life's work to listen and learn in conversations around loneliness, connection and compassion. A native New Yorker, speaker and coach Lisa hosts events that aim to take the stigma out of loneliness, while sharing information about the science of connection.  To find out more visit theconnectioncure.com and follow Lisa on Instagram @lisadaron.
59:52
July 6, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 23: It's All In The Mind with Luma Eldin
This week Michael is talking to Luma Eldin, the Founder of Mndbar an organisation which helps bring the practice of mindfulness into the business world. Listen in as they discuss breaking away from societal norms, personal identities and creating new ideas through creativity.  Luma Eldin is an innovation strategist who believes that mind training is essential to creativity, and that it has the power to help create a more positive impact in the world. Her career has been focused on transforming perceptions, and using creative problem solving to nurture growth and development. Find out more about Mndbar at mndbar.com and follow them on Instagram @mnd_bar. 
51:47
June 28, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 22: Every Action Doesn't Need a Reaction with Rebels For Peace
On this weeks episode we talk to Dajohn White and Prince Jimmar from Rebels for Peace, a non-profit youth organisation based in Chicago helping change the mindset of the communities living in America's most violent city. An inspiring and transformative discussion about the future of chronically underfunded and overlooked communities, and the amazing people within them fighting to make a difference.  Rebels for Peace was founded by Dajohn White, and offers a way out from the circle of violence, retaliation and poverty found in Chicago, USA. Instead of complaining about what can't be done, Rebels For Peace offer hope, community and new solutions to problems that have been become a way of life, and for many the only way to survive on the streets.  Follow and donate to Rebels for Peace at rebelsforpeace.com follow them @rebelsforpeace.  Dajohn is joined by Prince Jimmar, a musician, songwriter and social change advocate who plays a big part in Rebels For Peace, using his music as a platform to share his story and inspire positive change in his community. To find out more about Prince Jimmar visit princejimmar.com and follow him on Instagram @princejimmar.
49:43
June 21, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 21: Find Your Ikigai with Héctor García
On this weeks episode we talk to Héctor García, Author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life about life in Japan, finding your purpose in life and making way to spend more time doing the things that make you happy. An important conversation about finding your way in life, and discovering how everyone has the power to making a difference.  Héctor García is a citizen of Japan, and the author of several books about Japanese culture, including two worldwide bestsellers. His popular blog led to his international bestseller A Geek In Japan. His bestselling book Ikigai has been translated to 57 languages, has the strange honor of being the most translated book ever originally written in Spanish language. To find out more about Hector you can visit his blog ageekinjapan.com or you can follow him on Instagram @kirainet. 
1:12:25
May 31, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 20: Your Voice Matters with Lynn Tabbara
On this weeks episode Michael talks to Lynn Tabbara, TEDxCoventGardenWomen Curator and Intaliqi Co-Founder. This is a beautiful and vulnerable conversation between friends, as Lynn speaks openly about growing up feeling as though she didn't belong, how this has shaped the way she works and the importance of creating opportunities for quieter and less privileged voices to be heard both on and off stage. Lynn is the organiser of TEDx Covent Garden Women Organiser, an event that deals with questions of gender and identity as well as the Co-Founder of Intaliqi, a platform that gives a voice to socially disadvantaged women by stripping away limiting labels and stereotypes. Intaliqi's supports Palestine women refugees, Lebanese women and teenage mothers, providing aid for the opening of a girl's school and to support providing  education to young displaced Syrian women. To find out more about both of these projects follow @intaliqi and @tedxcgw. 
47:56
May 24, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 19: Perfectly Imperfect with Venetia La Manna
On this weeks episode Michael talks to Venetia La Manna, a climate activist and slow fashion advocate about the pressures of social media, learning to get over mistakes and the importance of being human in a world where everyone is expecting you to have the answer. An honest and personal conversation about the realities of doing your best to live mindfully in the real world. Venetia is the creator of the 5 star rated podcast Talking Tastebuds, a series about food, wellbeing and the planet – with more than 1.5M downloads. Venetia is BBC Radio 1’s Sustainability Expert and is the Sustainability Ambassador for The Body Shop, she has also been featured discussing issues of the climate and conscious consumption on BBC World News, BBC Radio 4, NowThis News and BBC 5Live. She was recently featured in Vogue online as one of the top Eco Influencers to follow and was featured as part of Marie Claire’s Verified List. To find out more about Venetia you can follow her on Instagram @venetiafalconer, you can follow her on Youtube or you can visit her website venetialamanna.com. 
40:11
May 18, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 18: The World of CBD with Dr. Dani Gordon
On this episode Michael talks to Dr. Dani Gordon, a double board qualified medical doctor and specialist in Integrative medicine and cannabis medicine, CBD and resilience. They discuss the world of CBD, what it is, how it works and why it's having such a phenomenal boom right now. This is an eye opening conversation for anyone who is interested in learning more about how the world of health and medicine is evolving.   Dani now lives in London full time, her book 'The CBD Bible: Cannabis and the wellness revolution that will change your life' (released July 2020), to find out more about Dani and her book you can visit her website drdanigordon.com or follow her on Instagram @drdanigordon. This is a Just Breathe ® Podcast theme song by @ioramusic, produced by Niki Priest. To find out more about Just Breathe visit justbreatheproject.com and follow along @justbreathe
1:05:30
May 11, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 17: Difficult Conversations with Will Sebastian Clempner
On this episode Michael talks to Will Sebastian Clempner ; Writer, Filmmaker and Host of the podcast  'Can We Just Ask' about lifestyle changes, difficult conversations and making time to do things you actually like doing. This is a joyful episode between two friends about how we are always learning.   Will strives to use creativity and collaboration to provide a platform for people and stories who might not usually have the opportunity. He also writes a huge variety of comedy scripts, for an array of platforms - something that he develops along with his improv teammates - who perform regular shows around London. He is a member of the Hoopla narrative house team - The Descendants - as well as long-form improv team, Amorphous Horse.  If you want to find out more about Will you can find him at www.willsebastian.me, on Twitter @willclempner, or you can listen in on his podcast 'Can we Just Ask' wherever you get your podcasts. 
46:31
May 1, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 16 : A Mindful Approach with Connor Swenson
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talk to Connor Swenson, Speaker, Coach, Writer and Just Breathe Meditation teacher about what productivity really means, and finding the balance between success and wellbeing. This episode is packed-full of real world advice and support on finding a work-life balance, without the expectation of being super-human. Drawing on his experience at Google and working with startup founders across the globe, Connor now teaches a combination of science-backed productivity methods and modern mindfulnesses practices that enable high performers to rise above the chaos and do the work that matters most. After 7 years at Google, Connor began teaching and coaching on how to sustain high-performance and improve wellbeing. He is a Certified Facilitator for Search Inside Yourself, a leadership program grounded in emotional intelligence, neuroscience, and mindfulness and he also published his writing on Google’s thought-leadership platform, Think with Google, and developed lessons on productivity and time management for Google Primer, an educational app. He has been a keynote speaker at world-renowned events and has facilitated dozens of workshops in cities from Zurich to Dubai for teams at Google, as well as for startups, non-profits, and universities. To find out more about Connor visit connorswenson.com
1:01:18
April 22, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 15 : Try Everything Once with Annie Clarke
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talk to Annie Clarke, a London based yoga teacher, YouTuber, Author and Blogger about her holistic approach to wellness, exploring new ways and keeping an open mind. An uplifting episode that demonstrates the importance of continued curiosity and how we can learn from trying out new things - even if it doesn't always work out. Annie's passion is to share the practice of yoga as a tool for a deeper, more connected and intuitive way of living. Weaving through a thread of modern philosophy and bridging the gap between an ancient practice and modern lifestyles. Her blog, brand and book 'Mind Body Bowl' came to light following a period of illness and depleted energy - by stripping her diet back to basics, she managed to get back on track but her cooking had become boring and bland. It was then that she started experimenting and cooking up the delicious dishes featured on her blog. Annie holistic approach to wellness has led her to launch her online yoga hub 'The Practice'. You can find out more about Annie at annieclarke.com and you can follow her on Instagram @annieclarke_
51:09
April 20, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 14 : The Kindness Method with Shahroo Izadi
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks to Shahroo Izadi, Behavioural Change Specialist and author of both The Kindness Method and The Last Diet about motivation, about maintaining good habits and coping strategies during stressful times. A fascinating episode for anyone in search of some inspiration and encouragement.  Shahroo's approach to behavioural change was initially inspired by experience she gained working in the substance misuse treatment field and her admiration for those in abstinent recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. It came to her attention there that some of the approaches proving effective in changing habits don't focus on meticulous planning (or indeed drugs), at all. Many of them are more generally concerned with increasing self-esteem, self-awareness and self-belief. Through her books, talk, workshops and sessions, Shahroo supports people to gain more insight into unwanted habits and create personalised plans of change by handing over tools that increase self-awareness, self-compassion and self-belief. You can find Shahroo on Instagram @Shahroo_Izadi and you find out more about her private sessions, workshops and talks on her website shahrooizadi.co.uk.
54:15
April 15, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 13 : On The Run with Charlie Dark
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talk to Charlie Dark, Founder of Run Dem Crew about what happens when you run, letting go of your ego and building stronger communities. It's nearly impossible the listen to this episode without feeling motivated to get out there and put one foot in front of the other.  Charlie Dark is a Public Speaker, The Founder of Run Dem Crew, a DJ, Poet , Community Builder, Mentor, certified Yoga Teacher  and the lululemon Global Run Ambassador. Run Dem Crew is an alternative to traditional running clubs, since it's launch in 2007 it has transformed from a casual run around the neighbourhood with friends to a large and multifaceted organisation. Committed to change and the upliftment of the next generation RDC works closely with young people across London providing mentoring and advice along with the opportunity to explore London in a safe, unique, positive and supportive environment. You can find Charlie on Instagram @daddydarkrdc and you can find out more about Run Dem Crew at rundemcrew.com 
1:02:06
April 5, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 12 : Essential Oils with Lisa Pauley
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael chats with Essential Oils Expert Lisa Pauley about what essential oils are, and how to use them to support the mind and body. As a sufferer of anxiety, panic attacks and digestive health issues at school, Lisa found herself turning to meditation at just 14, but since discovering essential oils she has found that they are a great way to support her practice and even more, her health and wellbeing.  Lisa currently teaches Yoga, Sound Healing and Essential Oil workshops in studios in the UK and Europe, and leads a community of over 1300 Essential Oil users, through her Rise & Bloom Essential Collective community. You can find out more about Lisa @lisapauley_rise_and_bloom.
37:22
April 4, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 11 : Mindful Drinking with Camille Vidal
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael chats with Camille Vidal, drinks expert and the Founder of La Maison Wellness about what mindfulness means in the hospitality industry, establishing a healthier relationship with alcohol and ways to stay mindful during times of stress. If you always find yourself reaching for a glass of wine, or you just want to understand more about our relationship with alcohol listen in. Camille Vidal, the founder of the mindful drinking brand and creative consultancy La Maison Wellness, has spent her career as a consultant and global brand ambassador most notably for St-Germain and the Bacardi family of brands. She is internationally recognised as a leading voice in the drinks industry and now combines her craft and expertise into the low/no ABV category. Vidal and La Maison Wellness are now focused on their own mindful mission to guide brands and organisations to drink well and elevate wellbeing and mindfulness in hospitality and wellnessCami is a globally recognised drink expert, turned mindfulness, yoga and meditation teacher. She founded La Maison Wellness,  a multi-media platform advocating mindful drinking and inspiring a hedonistic way of life. To find out more about Camille visit lamaisonwellness.com, and follow @lamaisonwellness and @madame_cami_vidal. 
58:35
April 3, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 10: A Quiet Practice with Adam Husler
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks to Adam Husler, a yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher about yoga, being a part of something where ego and winning are not the objective and why now, when we are all feeling stressed out is a great time to start. So if you are looking for a way into a yoga practice, or if you don't know what the fuss is all about and you are curious to know more this is the episode for you. Adam draws experience from a variety of lives lived off the mat— be it the law school, the boxing ring, the ultramarathon path or the non-profit sector and brings a unique perspective to those who seek more from yoga than making pretty shapes. Adam teaches at Triyoga and Equinox in London, as well as leading workshops, trainings and teaching at festivals continuously around the world. You can find our more about Adam on his website adamhusler.com, on his podcast 'Honestly Unbalanced' or you can follow him on Instagram @adamhusler. This is a Just Breathe ® Podcast hosted by Just Breathe Founder Michael James Wong,  the music is from the incredibly talented @ioramusic and it was produced by Niki Priest. To find out more about Just Breathe visit justbreatheproject.com and follow along @justbreathe
55:42
April 2, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 9 : The Science of Staying Well with Dr Jenna Macciochi
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks to Dr Jenna Macciochi, Immunologist, University Lecturer and Author of 'Immunity: The Science of Staying Well'. Jenna offers a professional insight into how our immune system actually works, discusses how our mind and body are connected and what we should be considering both now, and looking ahead into the future.  Dr Jenna Macciochi has over 20 years' experience as a scientist researching the impact of lifestyle on the immune system in health and disease. She is on a mission to break down the science behind our health and share the secrets of how to be well, for good. Based in Brighton, Jenna is a lecturer at Sussex University. Her writing has been featured in The Times, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Glamour Magazine and Metro amongst others. You can find out more about Jenna on her website drjennamacciochi.com or by following her on Instagram @dr_jenna_macciochi. This is a Just Breathe ® Podcast hosted by Just Breathe Founder Michael James Wong,  the music is from the incredibly talented @ioramusic and it was produced by Niki Priest. To find out more about Just Breathe visit justbreatheproject.com and follow along @justbreathe
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April 1, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 8 : A Calmer You with Chloe Brotheridge
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks to Chloe Brotheridge, hypnotherapist, anxiety expert and author of 'The Anxiety Solution' and 'Brave New Girl' about how to keep calm during the chaos, listen in as she shares practices to help you overcome and manage anxiety and worry.  Having previously  suffered from panic attacks where she thought she was dying, and getting so nervous when meeting new people that her hands would shake, Chloe went on a mission to become a calmer, more confident person. Putting in some serious hours in therapy, reading every book, attending every workshop, training in hypnotherapy, NLP and coaching to find her path. Chloe now uses the latest scientific research and her own personal experience to create programmes that have already helped thousands of her clients overcome anxiety. Chloe also hosts her own podcast 'A Calmer You' to find out more about Chloe on her website calmer-you.com and follow her on Instagram @chloebrotheridge.  
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March 31, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 7 : Keep Moving with Shona Vertue
On this episode of The Quiet Life Michael talks to Shona Vertue about how our relationship with exercise has become complicated, ways to stay motivated in quarantine and she shares some easy techniques to help keep the body moving at home. Our Guest on this episode is Shona Vertue, an Australian personal trainer and yoga teacher with over 400 thousand followers on Instagram and one of the most popular yoga channels in the UK on YouTube.  Shona's method, developed during her decade of teaching, combines weighted resistance training and cardio with her life-long passions - yoga and mediation – placing just as much importance on rest and recovery as hours in the gym in the pursuit of fitness. The Vertue Method is now practised in over 60 countries around the world by thousands of people and encourages clients (who include David Beckham) and fans alike to acquire new skills whilst training; to play and have fun rather than focus on aesthetic goals and punishing routines. Follow Shona @shona_vertue or visit her website shonavertue.com
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March 30, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 6 : Take Care of Yourself with Suzy Reading
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks to Suzy Reading, a Psychologist, Mother and well-being expert about the important of self-care during every stage of life. She shares her moving story of how she was forced to create a self-care toolkit during a turbulent time in her life, and takes Michael through a unique self-care technique for all ages. A powerful episode showing how being pushed to your absolute limits can help you to realise what's really important to you.  Suzy is a mother of two, an author, Chartered Psychologist and Coach. She specialises in self-care, helping people manage their stress, emotions, and energetic bank balance.  Suzy is on the editorial board for Motherdom Magazine, the Psychology Expert for wellbeing brand Neom Organics and is a founding member of the ‘Nourish’ app. She figure-skated her way through her childhood, growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, and now makes her home in hills of Hertfordshire, UK. Her first book ‘The Self-Care Revolution’ published by Aster came out in 2017, 'Stand Tall Like a Mountain: Mindfulness & Self-Care for Children and Parents' and 'The Little Book of Self-Care’ are both hot off the press. You can follow her on Instagram @suzyreading and find out more about her on her website suzyreading.co.uk
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March 29, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 5 : Staying Positive with Susie Pearl
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks Susie Pearl, Coach and Author of 'Instructions for Happiness and Success', and 'The Art of Creativity'. Susie offers a really positive outlook on life, listen in as she offers ideas and insights on how to stay calm and find happiness amongst the chaos. Susie founded a leading international celebrity brand PR agency and was Managing Director of a personal enhancement training business with Paul McKenna and NLP founder, Dr Richard Bandler. She has been working for years with famous names from the world of music, TV, entertainment and business. Susie now writes and teaches around the world hosting seminars and personal training. You can find from from Susie on her website susiepearl.com, follow her on Instagram @susiepearlx,  she also hosts her own podcast 'Conversations with Susie Pearl'. This podcast was launched during the international Covid-19 pandemic, during these troubling and uncertain times we knew that it was important to find a way to offer some guidance and support in our communities. In the midst of uncertain times we invited a host of experts and inspiring voices to discuss home practices for their mind and mental health, all of which could be easily practiced at home.  This is a Just Breathe ® Podcast hosted by Just Breathe Founder Michael James Wong,  the music is from the incredibly talented @ioramusic and it was produced by Niki Priest. To find out more about Just Breathe visit justbreatheproject.com and follow along @justbreathe
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March 28, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 4: Working From Home with Niraj Shah
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks to Niraj Shah,  a tech entrepreneur and the Founder of Mind Unlocked about our relationship with technology, listen in as he shares his best practice examples, both with and without technology when working from home. A great episode for those of us who are new to working from home and finding it difficult maintain focus. Niraj is one of London's most sought after meditation guides and mental well-being speakers. Since starting Mind: Unlocked he has developed "no mumbo jumbo", evidence-based and highly practical approaches to meditation, mindfulness and digital balance, designed specifically to improve busy 21st century lives like his own. Niraj also co-leads the European development of Transformative Technology, a Silicon Valley based non-profit, the largest global community of entrepreneurs and innovators that are leveraging technology to raise mental health, emotional well-being and human thriving. Niraj has also recently completed a well-being resource guide which can be found at mindunlocked.co/covid19mentalwellbeing and you can find him on Instagram @niraj5hah. This podcast was launched during the international Covid-19 pandemic, during these troubling and uncertain times we knew that it was important to find a way to offer some guidance and support in our communities. In the midst of uncertain times we invited a host of experts and inspiring voices to discuss home practices for their mind and mental health, all of which could be easily practiced at home.  This is a Just Breathe ® Podcast hosted by Just Breathe Founder Michael James Wong,  the music is from the incredibly talented @ioramusic and it was produced by Niki Priest. To find out more about Just Breathe visit justbreatheproject.com and follow along @justbreathe.
59:07
March 27, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 3 : Positive Mental Attitude with Faisal Abdalla
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks to fitness extraordinaire Faisal Abdalla about how maintaining a positive mental attitude is the key to a healthy body and mind. Full of energy and determination, this episode is a great pick me up if you need a little motivation.  Faisal Abdalla, also known as Mr PMA, has been working in the fitness industry for over 7 years. During this time he has become a trainer to the stars with clients including Ellie Goulding and Ella Eyre. This 'Positive Mental Attitude' is the mantra he applies to absolutely everything in life and something he believes in passionately as the key to successful training.  Follow Faisal on Instagram @faisalpmafitness, or find his book 'The PMA Method' at book stores now.
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March 26, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 2 : A Good Night's Sleep with Lisa Sanfilippo
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks to Lisa Sanfilippo about how sleep affects our bodies, and how in the midst of a pandemic how important it is to prioritise sleep in order to stay well.   The pioneer of Sleep Recovery, a yoga based method for overcoming insomnia and improving sleep.  Lisa's aim is to offer those she works with access to deeper levels of awareness and the means of finding a deepening connection to body and mind, heart and soul. Lisa currently offers individual yoga therapy and psychotherapeutic counselling, having trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London where she completed her second Master’s degree, researching the linkages between yoga and psychotherapy. You can find out more about Lisa on her website lisayogalondon.com or you can follow her on Instagram at @lisayogalondon and her book Sleep Recovery is available on Amazon. This podcast was launched during the international Covid-19 pandemic, during these troubling and uncertain times we knew that it was important to find a way to offer some guidance and support in our communities. In the midst of uncertain times we invited a host of experts and inspiring voices to discuss home practices for their mind and mental health, all of which could be easily practiced at home.   This is a Just Breathe ® Podcast hosted by Just Breathe Founder Michael James Wong,  the music is from the incredibly talented @ioramusic and it was produced by Niki Priest. To find out more about Just Breathe visit justbreatheproject.com and follow along @justbreathe
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March 24, 2020
The Quiet Life Episode 1 : Discovering Ayerveda with Jasmine Hemsley
On this episode of the Quiet Life Michael talks to Jasmine Hemsley about how she discovered Ayurveda and what it means in the modern world, as well as sharing a simple practice to reset the mind and body from the comfort of your own home. Jasmine Hemsley is a three-time best-selling author, the Founder of Hemsley + Hemsley and East by West,  a TV presenter with a show broadcast in over 25 countries, chef, food and health writer, restaurateur and nutrition and wellness expert.  With a passion for eating well to feel happier, healthier and more energised, Jasmine believes in conscious, healthy and joyful living drawing from the depth of Eastern wisdom and holistic philosophies of health, and marrying that with the latest cutting-edge technology and developments in Western wellbeing. You can follow Jasmine on Instagram @jasminehemsley or visit  jasminehemsley.com 
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March 22, 2020
Just Breathe presents The Quiet Life
This podcast was launched during the international Covid-19 pandemic, during these troubling and uncertain times we knew that it was important to find a way to offer some guidance and support in our communities. So, we invited a host of experts and inspiring voices to discuss home practices for their mind and mental health - all of which could be easily practiced at home. We couldn't be more grateful to be a part of such a caring community willing to give up their time to support people in need. So if you're looking for ideas, support and advice on creating or surviving a simpler and slower way of life join Michael James Wong and some amazing guests on The Quiet Life.  This is a Just Breathe ® Podcast hosted by Just Breathe Founder Michael James Wong,  the music is from the incredibly talented @ioramusic and it was produced by Niki Priest. To find out more about Just Breathe visit justbreatheproject.com and follow along @justbreathe
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March 21, 2020